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Hawai‘i hospitality veterans take the reins at Turtle Bay Resort

Posted on Fri, 2018/10/26 - 12:59pm by Laura Purdy

In Hawai‘i, Jerry Gibson’s name is synonymous with hospitality. For nearly four decades, Jerry has been a leader in the industry, including 25 years in the Hawai‘i market. Jerry joined the Turtle Bay Resort team in early 2018 as vice president. He was previously the area vice president for Hilton, overseeing operations of Hilton-managed properties throughout the Hawaiian Islands – including two of Hilton’s largest campuses, Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hilton Waikoloa Village – as well as Hilton properties in Arizona, Las Vegas, Oregon and Washington.

Jerry has extensive experience in Hawai‘i, on the mainland and in Europe, leading brands such as Hyatt and Marriott in addition to his tenure with Hilton.

Jerry currently serves on the boards of Hawai‘i Lodging & Tourism Association, Hawai‘i Hotel Owners Roundtable, Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau, Honolulu Festival Foundation, Japanese-American Society of Hawai‘i, Institute for Human Services and Waikīkī Beach Special Improvement District Association. He was appointed to the Honolulu Police Commission by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell in 2017. Most recently, Jerry was recognized as a 2018 University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Travel Industry Management Legacy Award Winner and a 2017 Career Achievement Honoree for Pacific Business News’ Pineapple Awards. He is also president-elect for Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Jerry is an animal lover and has introduced a canine ambassador to a handful of properties he’s managed. At Turtle Bay Resort, Jerry partnered with Hawai‘i FiDo to bring Pono, the North Shore’s favorite pup, to the resort’s iconic stables.

Jim Kwasnowski returns to O‘ahu to lead development at Turtle Bay Resort

Jim Kwasnowski has been named senior vice president, development, at Turtle Bay Resort. In his new role Jim will oversee the continued rollout of the master-planned community, thoughtfully working to preserve its reputation as one of the last pieces of unspoiled paradise in the world.

Jim previously lived and worked in Hawai‘i from 2008 to 2012, serving as vice president, resort development, for Walt Disney Imagineering at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. He also led Walt Disney Imagineering projects in Hong Kong and Orlando, Florida. Prior to moving back to the islands, he worked and led projects in Nevada, The Bahama Islands, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Colorado.